Sunday Summary 4.9.23If you’re celebrating Easter, wishing you all the joy and hope that the season brings.

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Crusoe is a VERY rare name rich with potential. It caught my eye in a recent edition of Nancy’s Name Quotes. A pair of world-traveling influencers gave the literary surname name to their now-toddler son, inspired by dad’s favorite book . Little Crusoe has already visited two dozen countries … and counting. More reasons to love Crusoe: it blends rising Crew with all those trending O-ender names.

I think this is a really good peek at how some of your older relatives might be thinking about honor names. To be clear, this does not make the older relative right. As Swistle says, “Using someone’s name is an honor, but NOT-using a name does not mean ANTI-honoring: a baby’s name is not a slap in the face to every single person the baby is NOT named after, and thank goodness for that.”

Will Luxury rise in use? Nameberry’s Sophie tagged it as one the hottest names of 2023, and the search results on her site reflect that call. I think it’s a good bet … and yet, just ten girls received the name in 2021. Increasing to 50 would be an exponential rise … but not enough to tap it into the US Top 1000. (In 2021, it took 255 births to tip a girls’ name into the rankings.) Still, their list is always a good indicator of what’s on the rise with English-speaking parents globally.

Honey James’ little sister will be named Haven Belle. Parents are reality alum Sadie Robertson and husband Christian Huff. It’s an interesting pair – super similar to Jessica Alba’s Haven and Honor. But I like this duo far more than I would’ve expected.

Don’t you just love a big family with lots of name stories? This British couple are the parents of Joel Scofield, Autumn-Kyla, Sara-Lileigh, Hatton, Rocky-Tyson, and Bambi. Would those be my choices? No. Have I recommended Bambi as a given name? Also no. At the same time, I feel like these are almost mainstream – if trendy – names by UK standards now. Double names are big, like Ivy-Rose and Ava-Mae. So are cute – even cutesy – nickname names. Freddie outranks Frederick; Rosie is more popular than Rose. So … different, yes. Extreme? Not so much. And I appreciate the thought they’ve put into every one of their choices.

That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!

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  1. It feels like it’s become more acceptable for parents to embrace “word names as baby names” with more frequency. “Luxury” or “Lux/e” is not too far off from parents trying to bestow “virtue names” or naming children after brands (examples: Mercedes, Zara, etc.) too.